In the past I have taught courses for Philosophy departments (at the University of Toronto, McGill University, the University of North Florida, and the University of Alberta) ranging from Philosophy 101: Values and Society (an introduction to Moral and Political Philosophy) and Philosophy 102: Knowledge and Reality (an introduction to Metaphysics and Epistemology) to Contemporary Ethical Issues, Applied Ethics, Feminist Philosophy, Philosophy of Sexuality, Humans and Animals, Philosophy of Food, and graduate seminars on Simone de Beauvoir, Michel Foucault, and Judith Butler. In the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Alberta I have taught courses on Contemporary Feminist Theory, Critical Animal Studies, Anthropocene Feminisms, Feminism and Food, Ecofeminisms, Feminism and Sexualities, Disability Studies, Body Politics, and Prison Abolitionism. In Fall 2019 I will be teaching an undergraduate course on Environmental Feminisms and Social Justice.
In the last three years I have been excited to teach several seminars in the new M.A. program in Gender and Social Justice in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Alberta. In Fall 2016 I taught a seminar on Prison Abolitionism, in Winter 2017 and again in Fall 2018 I taught a seminar on Anthropocene Feminism, and in Fall 2017 I taught the required GSJ 501 Social Justice Workshop seminar which focused on theories of justice, critiques of “criminal justice,” and examining what we mean by “social justice.” The Prison Abolitionism course examined feminist of colour, critical race, decolonial, critical disability, queer and critical trans theory arguments for prison abolitionism; critiques of carceral feminism and noncarceral responses to violence against women; prison rape; the failure of prison reform in Canada and alternatives to retributive justice such as redistributive, restorative, and transformative justice. I will be teaching the GSJ 501 Social Justice Workshop again in Fall 2019, this time with units on environmental justice and justice for all (animals).
In May 2017, with the collaboration of graduate students Paige Gorsak, Gabrielle Warner, Danika Jorgensen-Skakum, Randi Nixon, Esther Rosario, and Jessie Beier – and later with the help of graduate students Stefan Dehod, Anthony Goertz, Emma Kaufman, and Esra Kazanbas – I began teaching a weekly Philosophy Club at the Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Centre, a medium-security prison half an hour outside of Edmonton. The Philosophy Club continued on a weekly basis for over a year before it was unfortunately canceled by the prison. Thanks to Tanya Friesen for creating this opportunity, and for all her volunteer hours supervising the club that made it possible.